MT. PLEASANT — The Washington softball team began both games of Monday night’s Southeast Conference doubleheader against Mt. Pleasant with a 6-0 lead, but each game took an entirely different course from that point forward. The Panthers stormed back to win a thrilling Game 1, 7-6, and the Demons clamped down in Game 2 to win 21-2 in just three innings.
Washington raced out in Game 1 with two runs in the first inning. Kinsey Duwa and Kellie Dallmeyer each knocked in a run to get things going. The Demons followed that with a four-run second inning, which included another RBI from Dallmeyer and one each by Cara Linnenkamp and Rylee Fishback.
Mt. Pleasant began to scrap back in the middle innings. Samantha Broeker collected an RBI in the third and Kylee Roen singled in a run in the fourth to cut the Demons’ lead to 6-2. Mt. Pleasant cut that lead in half on a two-run single by Ella McNamee in the fifth, and that set up for the game-winning three-run sixth.
Mt. Pleasant loaded the bases with nobody out in the sixth frame to put the pressure on. Grace Kelley plated one in an RBI single. Sydni Coleman stole home on a throw back to the pitcher to tie the game, and eighth-grader Emma Starr delivered the eventual game-winner, sending an RBI single into the outfield.
“We didn’t quit, and that’s what we talked about before the game,” Mt. Pleasant head coach Troy Mears said. “We knew we had a week and a half left, and we needed to find a way to come through and get a win.”
Coleman picked up the win in Game 1 for Mt. Pleasant. Emmy Wenger was tagged with the loss for Washington after coming in to relieve Linnenkamp in the fifth.
The Demons got their revenge in a big way in Game 2. Washington sent six runners to the plate in the first inning, eight in the second and seven in the third, plenty of run support for Alexa Mitchell, who gave up two runs over three innings of work.
Dallmeyer stayed hot in Game 2-, going 3-for-3 with a double and four RBIs. Linnenkamp went 3-for-3 as well and finished the night with three RBIs. Wenger was 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Cameron Malichky went 1-for-1 with three RBIs. Fishback and Alexa Mitchell knocked in two runs apiece, and Duwa knocked in one.
“It was good to shake that first game off,” Washington head coach Ben Obermann said. “Now we have to go play in these last few games, and just try and peak at the right time.”
Mitchell picked up the win in Game 2 for Washington. Hannah Newman took the loss for Mt. Pleasant.
Both Mt. Pleasant and Washington finished the SEC slate 2-8, which put both squads in a three-way tie with Keokuk for fourth.